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MAS Demonstration Project Receives Support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Thumbnail - Henry Street Settlement - Photo by Hazel Balaban

The Municipal Art Society is pleased to announce that Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts,  has recommended that MAS receive $20,000 for a grant to support our Henry Street Settlement Energy Retrofit project. The demonstration project will show that the city’s most treasured historic buildings can improve their energy efficiency without significant aesthetic changes or large capital outlays.

The Henry Street Settlement headquarters, located on the Lower East Side, are in three c. 1830 Federal-style row houses. Both New York City Landmarks and National Historic Landmarks, the buildings are ideal for the project because of their age, relative lack of alterations and, in terms of size and configuration, their ubiquity in New York City. To ensure that these results are replicable, MAS and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commissionwill write a guide to improving the efficiency of historic buildings. Both projects are supported by a challenge grant from the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

“MAS is grateful for the NEA’s support of this important project. Roughly 55 percent of New York’s building stock is more than 70 years old, and any serious efforts to build a more sustainable city must include solutions for making these older buildings more efficient” said MAS President Vin Cipolla.  “This project really is a challenge to show that if you can improve the energy efficiency of a landmark at a modest cost, you can improve many of our city’s older buildings.”